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Press Release
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Information Regarding Bryan Firefighters


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY OF BRYAN


Bryan Fire Chief Randy McGregor will hold a press conference tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at Bryan Fire Station Number One located on West William Joel Bryan Parkway in downtown Bryan. Due to the high volume of calls and amount of interest, media outlets are encouraged to attend the press conference for the opportunity to talk with Chief McGregor.

Funeral arrangements for Lt. Eric Wallace were issued in an earlier press release. Funeral arrangements for Lt. Greg Pickard, who passed away late this afternoon from injuries sustained while battling the blaze, have not been made as of yet. The other two Bryan firefighters, Ricky Mantey and Mitch Moran are in stable condition at UTMB Galveston where they are being treated for burns.

Lt. Wallace is survived by his wife, Brandie, and five children ranging in age from 16 years to 11 months. Lt. Pickard is survived by his wife, Susie, who is a teacher for the Bryan Independent School District, two children and three grandchildren. Lt. and Mrs. Pickardís son, Jake, is a College Station firefighter.

The cause of the fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall has still not been determined. The State Fire Marshalís Office, with assistance from the Bryan Fire Department and Bryan Police Department, is investigating the fire.

The 100 Club has announced its support of both families. A press release was issued earlier with details about the services and support provided by the 100 Club for fallen first responders. Also, the Houston Fire Departmentís Critical Stress Response Team and Funeral Coordinator have been in Bryan meeting with Bryan fire personnel today. The men and women of the Bryan Fire Department, the entire City staff, City Manager, City Council and Mayor, are extremely grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from fire departments from across the state and country, as well as to the 100 Club, the staff of St. Joseph Regional Health Care Center, the State Fire Marshalís Office, and especially the College Station Fire Department, Brazos County volunteer fire departments and retired Fire Chief Mike Donoho. Several fire departments have and will be providing support in various capacities this week, including providing personnel to man fire stations during the funeral services for our fallen heroes. Also, we thank U.S. Congressman Bill Flores, Governor Rick Perry, State Senator Charles Schwertner, and the offices of State Representatives John Raney and Kyle Kacal for their concern and offers of assistance.

Several wives of College Station firefighters, led by Kim Varner, are organizing a candlelight vigil for the public that will be held tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Green Football Stadium adjacent to Bryan High School on Briarcrest Drive. The gates of the stadium will open at 6:30 p.m. Candles will be provided at the gates. The College Station Fire Departmentís Pipes and Drums will be a part of the service. Parking for the vigil will be in the Bryan High School parking lots adjacent to the football stadium. The City of Bryan thanks the Bryan Independent School District for making the facility available for the community to come together in this time of grief and to Mrs. Varner and the other College Station firefighter wives who are coordinating the event.

Governor Rick Perry has authorized the lowering of the Texas flag on all governmental buildings in Brazos County and the surrounding area, and has advised that individual businesses and other facilities may also lower their Texas flags as a sign of respect and honor for the sacrifices of these brave men.

Again, on behalf of the entire City of Bryan family, we extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our neighbors and friends across Texas and the country who have and will provide support during this difficult time in our Cityís history. Please keep our fire personnel and their families in your thoughts and prayers.





For additional information:
Mary Lynne Stratta 979 209 5002; 979 777 5021; mstratta@bryantx.gov


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